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Congressman Smith shares concern over rural healthcare
Congressman Adrian Smith is expressing concern about rural healthcare. He sent a letter Wednesday to the director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services saying he's worried about a new physician supervision requirement.
He said the new rule that requires critical access hospitals to have a physician present for outpatient procedures is unnecessary and could even discourage physicians from looking for jobs in rural America.
Smith wrote, "It is my hope CMS will more seriously consider the effects of this rule on small rural health care facilities and continue allowing practitioners the discretion and flexibility they need to manage care for their patients."
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